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The Use Of Fiber Optics In Surgical And Photobiological Applications In The United States
Author(s): Terry A. Fuller
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Paper Abstract

The utilization of coherent bundle fiber optic endoscopy for the diagnosis of disease has dramatically altered patient care worldwide. The ability to flexibly access organs and tissue has provided the clinician with a tool that permits evaluation of disease while causing little trauma or invasion to the patient. While great strides in diagnostic endoscopy have been made, principally due to coherent bundle fiber optics, the progress in therapeutic endoscopy has been slow. Most standard endoscopes are equipped with small, hollow biopsy channels that permit the clinician to take small tissue specimens. A system of mechanical devices that snare, bite or tear tissue have been developed for this purpose. Many attempts to extend the diagnostic endoscope into the therapeutic world have been attempted. Monopolar and bipolar coagulation electrodes, as well as cryosurgical devices have been developed to destroy tissue. The most promising therapeutic tool for endoscopic use is laser energy delivered by fiber optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 1984
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 0405, Optical Fibers in the Biomedical Field, (26 March 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.935652
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Terry A. Fuller, Sinai Hospital of Detroit (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0405:
Optical Fibers in the Biomedical Field
Didier Boucher, Editor(s)

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